Affiant meaning

ə-fīənt
The definition of affiant is a legal term used to identify someone who makes a sworn statement called an affidavit.

An example of an affiant is a person who gives testimony to the police and then swears to it and usually signs it.

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One who makes an affidavit.
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One who makes and subscribes to an affidavit.
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(law) The individual witness whose statement is contained in an affidavit or sworn deposition.

Further affiant sayeth naught. (A centuries-old statement that is still used on some legal documents as the final declaration prior to the affiant's signature.)

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(law) A person who makes an affidavit; deponent.
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Origin of affiant

  • From affy to make affidavit from Middle English affien to trust from Old French affier to promise affiance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the present participle of Old French afier, from Late Latin affidare. Related to affidavit.

    From Wiktionary